Build a Ski Boot Spreader Board

Ski Boot Spreader Board

To make it easier to do work on my ski boots, I needed to build a ski boot spreader board. A boot spreader board provides solutions for a couple problems:

  1. The ski binding attached to the board secures the boot in place while doing work.
  2. The board provides a way to hold open the boot flaps, which is useful for checking fit and getting equipment in place before executing shell stretches.

A boot spreader board is not always necessary when doing work on your ski boots, but it is nice to have available, and it is easy to build one at home. Here’s how I built and use my boot spreader board:

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Snowbird Tour

I took the day off work to go skiing at Snowbird. My goals for today were to ski the Upper Cirque and to film the view from atop some of the Upper Cirque chutes. I succeeded on both accounts, but I didn’t ski my run very well. The conditions weren’t great, and it had been a long time since I last skied anything that challenging, but I figured I could put it all together for one run. I did not, but that’s OK. I also accidentally passed the chute I had planned to ski. It’s one of my favorites, so I cut back across the next chute to get to it, which didn’t make for great footage, but I wanted to ski that chute because it was more familiar.

Skiing Library

I highly recommend the following books, especially if you ski in Utah. The Powder Hound’s guides are comprehensive and will open Alta and Snowbird to you for thorough exploration. The Chuting Gallery will make you want to go out and bootpack up some chute for turns, even if such a pursuit may ultimately prove both dangerous and beyond your appetite for risk-taking. Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain will help you understand avalanches so that you can make better decisions when exploring the backcountry. Secrets of the Greatest Snow on Earth will help you understand how Mother Nature fills the hills with all that snow.

The Powder Hound’s Guide to Snowbird
by Brad Asmus

The Powder Hound's Guide to Snowbird cover


The Powder Hound’s Guide to Skiing Alta
by Brad Asmus

The Powder Hound's Guide to Skiing Alta cover


The Chuting Gallery
by Andrew McLean

The Chuting Gallery cover


Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain
by Bruce Tremper

Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain cover


Secrets of the Greatest Snow on Earth
by Jim Steenburgh

Secrets of the Greatest Snow on Earth cover

Powder Day Fail

Alta had gotten about a foot of new snow over the prior 24 hours. We woke up early and arrived ahead of most of the crowds; however, I was not able to take full advantage of the awesome conditions due to a combination of factors.

Despite my struggles, the middle section of this run provided me with 30 seconds of powder skiing bliss, but then I fell (see the video below).

This run marked the end of my powder skiing for the day. Afterwards, I decided to acknowledge my current limitations and take it easy until I get back into shape. I had been good with that approach so far this season, but I got ahead of myself today. With that approach, I won’t be skiing anything too exciting, but at least I will limit my frustrations and, hopefully, reduce the chance of injuring myself. I’m hopeful, though. The motivation to get back to where I was is still there, despite this setback.

Cruising

Today was a short groomer day at Alta. I did also experiment with my GoPro camera setup. I think I now have a setup that works. It provides a good point-of-view camera angle with minimal shaking. Now I just need to start skiing some more interesting terrain.

With that said, the following GoPro footage only features some easy terrain off the Sunnyside lift. The skiing footage isn’t too exciting, but it was a beautiful day. Enjoy!